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AB in Philosophy in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy is a four-year degree program that provides students with an understanding of different philosophical theories regarding human nature, society, civilization, culture, and religion. The program teaches students how to analyze philosophical arguments and texts, construct good arguments and present arguments in a logical way. It also has special emphasis on Philippine culture, arts, politics, and folkways.


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in AB in Philosophy are encouraged to take the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand under the Academic track. The curriculum focuses on human behavior, literature, education, politics, liberal arts, and society. The HUMSS strand will cover relevant topics that may be further discussed in their college lectures. 


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Formal Logic
  • Philosophy of a Person
  • History of Philosophy
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Narrative Philosophy
  • Literature as Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of AB in Philosophy are expected to be able to:

  • Have a critical understanding of philosophical perspectives
  • Apply philosophical theories, principles, and models in development work
  • Conduct philosophical research and methods
  • Adhere to ethical standards and practices in the industry

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in educational institutes and organizations. Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

The AB in Philosophy does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of AB in Philosophy may pursue a career path as a philosophy professor or lecturer at a higher education institute. Most of the Philosophy graduates opt to pursue Graduates Studies to pursue their teaching profession.

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Reviews of AB in Philosophy graduates:


list bulletWhy did I choose Philosophy: At first, Philosophy is not what I wanted. I really want to take up BS Accountancy or AB Political Science.

list bulletAbout my college education: When I finished my first year as a Philo student, I realized that (personal opinion) Philosophy is more on analytical thinking – the kind of training I need as I planned to pursue law school after college.
Philosophy is a very interesting course. I believe if you are interested in your course you’ll never find it difficult. You need to be hardworking and diligent.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently an Accounts Management Specialist at GSIS.
My position deals with problems involving the loan and premium account of a member (except housing account).

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Technically No. But I am using the training I get when I studied Philosophy and that is being analytical.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I studied law after I graduated from college. I was lucky because I was easily hired with the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission during my 4th year in law school and before the term of my contract expired I was employed at GSIS.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Philosophy: I would recommend this in terms of employment opportunities because Philosophy has a wide array of jobs that can be provided. And it is very general that any kind of work could have a higher chance of hiring too.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Philosophy is all encompassing. This is what I learned when I choose to study it.
There is a very famous quote I really believed in and I always put this into my mind.
“Just put your hear in it… even if it is difficult – it would appear as if it is not”
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